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What is our life?

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

What is our life? : song cycle for baritone, cor anglais & piano / music: Ralph Middenway ; lyrics: Walter Ralegh.

by Ralph Middenway (2013)


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(Sir) Walter Ralegh (generally misspelt Raleigh) was a splendid poet whose work is characterised by intelligence and often sly wit; he was intolerant of fools and of humbug; he was capable of expressing deep sentiment, altogether incapable of sentimentality.

These eight poems were not written as a set: they were chosen to provide a comprehensive view of his overall output.

The last is seen as an encore piece that is otherwise nothing to do with the previous seven.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score 75p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (15p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires technical fluency and musical imagination. A background in opera would be an advantage for the singer, especially in the case of 'The Lie'.

Duration: 24 mins, 34 sec.

Contents note:

1. The play of passion -- 2. Now what is love? -- 3. The Silent Lover  -- 4. Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son -- 5. The Lie -- 6. Farewell to the Court -- 7. Sir Walter Ralegh (The Night before His Death) -- Encore: Song of Myself.

Dedication note: "for Alan Greenlees"
Commission info: Written as part of folio for UTas composition PhD, awarded 2015

Includes programme notes, full lyrics, and alternate versions of songs 1 & 6 showing time signatures.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2014.

ISMN: 979-0-720165-26-4

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